“And David knew that the Lord had established him as king over Israel and exalted his kingdom for the sake of his people Israel.” | 2 Samuel 5:12
Why does God elevate us?
I was reading an article a little while ago, published by an organisation with the mission to activate the purpose, passion and potential in women. The article encouraged readers to seek a heavenly perspective in the way they approach their lives. The reader is prompted to look up, to seek God to be our strength in our weakness, our light in the darkness, our overcomer in the face of challenges. The underlying premise was that when we choose to humble ourselves by relying on God’s ability rather than our own, God lifts us up.
"God opposes the proud but shows favour to the humble.” James 4:6
God responds to our recognition of our need of Him in our lives. We see evidence of this in the life of King David. David repeatedly inquired of the Lord, seeking guidance in the many situations that he faced. When he did, in return he would receive wisdom and strategy which enabled him to defeat his enemies time and again (might I point out Goliath, the Philistine giant?!).
David “became more and more powerful, because the Lord God Almighty was with him” (2 Samuel 5:10). Though he increased in status and power (and with that came a new set of troubles!), David didn’t take the glory for himself. Instead, he gave all the glory to God. He recognised that it was God who had established him as king, God who had gone before him to overcome his enemies, God who had given him divine strategy to gain victory.
“As waters break out, the Lord has broken out against my enemies before me.” | 2 Samuel 5:20
I know I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – I believe that God has the desire to elevate every one of His children. His heart is to lift us up, to see us live out our calling and realise the potential He has put inside of us for a purpose. The main thing that gets in the way of this happening, is ourselves. When we first step out to pursue the call of God (and even as seasoned Christians), we may allow insecurity to creep in and dwell on our shortcomings. Or perhaps, once we grow in our gifts, we become too confident and begin to strive in our own strength and by our ability. In our minds, how we see ourselves may end up overshadowing how God sees us, preventing us from letting God do His best work through us.
It’s only when we fix our eyes on Jesus, that we receive a revelation of who He is, in all His power and greatness. It’s then that we realise He is bigger than our fears, insecurities, disappointments and weaknesses. When we revere, God responds. And when God lifts us up, whatever that might look like, He doesn’t do so just for the sake of it.
He does it so that…
…our lives may be evidence of His goodness to those who are yet to know Him.
…we can give all the glory to Him and point others to Jesus.
…we can influence in such a way that even the one person we impact has a multiplying effect for generations to come.
There is no limit to what God can do through any one of us! We only need to look to Him.